Ok, how about this for an idea.  We take it in turns to post a favourite (British spelling) comic cover every day.  This went really well on the comic fan website that I used to frequent.  What we tried to do was find a theme or subject and follow that, until we all got bored with that theme.  I'd like to propose a theme of letters of the alphabet. So, for the remainder of October (only 5 days) and all of November, we post comic cover pictures associated with the letter "A".  Then in December, we post covers pertaining to the letter "B".  The association to the letter can be as tenuous as you want it to be. For example I could post a cover from "Adventure Comics" or "Amazing Spider Man".  However Spider Man covers can also be posted when we're on the letter "S".  Adventure Comic covers could also be posted when we're on the letter "L" if they depict the Legion of Super Heroes.  So, no real hard, fast rules - in fact the cleverer the interpretation of the letter, the better, as far as I'm concerned.

And it's not written in stone that we have to post a cover every day. There may be some days when no cover gets posted. There's nothing wrong with this, it just demonstrates that we all have lives to lead.

If everyone's in agreement I'd like to kick this off with one of my favourite Action Comic covers, from January 1967. Curt Swan really excelled himself here.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July with DC's second-best Golden Age team!

So post #10,000. An epic moment. Perhaps we should just take a moment to enjoy - nay revel, in the art of the comic book cover. Remember, when these covers were originally created, especially in the golden and silver age, they were intended to be ephemeral - transient -fleeting - designed only to persuade passing customers to invest in their contents. Artists were not encouraged to spend weeks or months on these covers - they were drawn, inked and coloured in a space of days, or even hours. And yet what have they left us with? A small capsule - an image of a period in time, now gone forever. These covers were like the 3 minute pop single - brief, momentary, yet forever with us, available for all to see and marvel at. And that's what this thread gives us - a legacy of the skills of Kirby, Adams, Eisner, Anderson, Buscema, Ditko, Kubert, Cardy, Swan and Steranko to name but a few. This thread is a testament to these great artists - and many others beside. Every cover is a small gem - to be treasured by all.



Steve W said:

So post #10,000. An epic moment. Perhaps we should just take a moment to enjoy - nay revel, in the art of the comic book cover.... Every cover is a small gem - to be treasured by all.

Well said! So many great covers from different eras.

From 1942

Here's the Punisher with a fine display of European flags (Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany again).

Another drummer

Another Super-Flag cover but this time with Supergirl!

Sorry to go a little off topic here, but it's my 40th wedding anniversary today and Mandy & I have been celebrating all day.  I'd just like to share the moment with all of you. Top picture - our wedding 5th July 1980. Bottom picture - that's all our family - two daughters and six grandchildren - I'm the guy holding the "40".  It's been a fab 40 years, and I'm looking forward to the next 20.

And just to show I haven't forgotten about covers...

Congrats, Steve! May you have many more!

That's a lovely family!

I second Philip's motion!

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